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The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel Paperback – November 23, 2010
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Widower and loner Lester Hessenpfeffer is devoted to the animals he cares for in his veterinary practice, and would rather not attend the reunion at all. His assistant, Jeanine, hounds him into going. Pete Decker left his wife, Nora, for a younger woman, and now regrets his rash behavior; his mistress is vapid and his wife has started dating someone else. He hopes to win her back at the get-together. Candy Sullivan, the most desirable female in the class, is miserable in her marriage to an aloof and controlling husband. She needs to get away from him while she makes some tough decisions about her future.Read more ›
I blame Elizabeth Berg and her new release - The Last Time I Saw You.
What a joy to read. The characters were faulty yet lovable, the writing, as ALWAYS, was so freaking smooth and flowing.
Read the synopsis for info on what the book is about - my review is to recommend it. If you want a pleasurable read, if you want to escape for a day or two (because you won't want to put it down), go out and pick up a copy.
Just make sure your house is clean and you have plenty of food to snack on as you won't be doing much other than reading!
I have read nearly all of Ms. Berg's books, and this one was the worst by far. The characters are stodgy and predictable, as is the dialog, and it's hard to believe anyone under the age of "senior citizen" (I am 49), would find this book intriguing in any way. The characters are complete stereotypes and their interactions totally unrealistic and downright boring. To top it off, Ms. Berg's narration sounds tired and not up to the level of a professional reader. Avoid this book and stick with earlier titles like "The Art of Mending" and "Year of Pleasures" and "We Are All Welcome Here."
While she is clearly a talented writer, I didn't get the sense that this was her best book. I thought the plot sounded interesting - following the thoughts and actions of several characters who are preparing for and attending a high school reunion late in life. Each character comes from a slightly different spot in the high school social hierarchy, which of course influences their thoughts and preparation for the reunion. I appreciated seeing the multiple different points of view and I could sympathize with the worries about looking older and trying to look your best when you see classmates that can remember you when you were young, as well as with the desire to show people that no matter what happened in high school, you're doing well now.
Certain characters, such as Dorothy, I found to be immature and somewhat unrealistic in parts. I found myself hoping that when I was the same age of these characters, I would not be quite as hung up on what happened in high school as they seemed to be. I understand that with the book's focus on the reunion, obviously the characters would be reliving the past and wondering what would happen when they saw old flames, but at times, I was under the impression that these people had done nothing but plan to "fix" what had happened in high school during all the years leading up to this reunion. I didn't feel like that at my 10th reunion, so it was difficult for me to believe that I would care that much for my 40th. I also found the dialogue during the scene where everyone is talking about what they had hoped to get out of the reunion somewhat unrealistic.
I would definitely read something by this author again, but I wouldn't recommend this particular book to many people.
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The book sounded interesting, but the vulgar language (the author never seemed to miss an opportunity to have her characters use the "f" word... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Portland
Chick lit. Interesting story + pathos - insight. A good time killer but not much more.Published 4 months ago by Lisse Hildebrandt
This was a fun, easy read. I got a little mixed up with the characters and thought about creating a flowchart but they all came together and I eventually knew who was whom. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carolyn Dargevics
So funny and sweet, made getting older and being romantic compatible!Published 5 months ago by Kristine Jouanne
Getting ready to go to my 40th reunion, so I really enjoyed the topic, plus it was extremely well written!Published 6 months ago by andrea913